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why do we refer to LPs and CDs as “albums”?

I HAVE BEEN BUYING RECORDS for sixty years and col­lecting them for about the same length of time. As far back as I can re­member, I have re­ferred to LPs and EPs and pre­re­corded tapes as ‘al­bums.’ Since the Dig­ital Rev­o­lu­tion of the ’80s, I have re­ferred to tapes, EPs, LPs, and CDs as albums

During this time, I called a seven-inch, 45 rpm record with one track per side a ‘single’ while calling a seven-inch, 45 rpm record with two or three tracks per side an ‘EP.’ [Continue reading]